Prey Lang activist trialled for ‘attempted murder’ after reporting forest crimes

A homemade truck carrying timber found by the Prey Lang Community Network during a patrol in 2020. Supplied

Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) member Chan Thoeun was tried in absentia today on charges of attempted murder after reporting on the transportation of timber out of the protected Prey Lang forest.

Digital surveillance increasingly used to oppress civil society, rights groups say

Zoom users having a meeting on the app in Phnom Penh, June 28. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

As authorities jail multiple activists for their online speech, rights groups and civil society members are decrying the government’s digital surveillance and criminalization of speech.